During winter everyone seeks out warmth, snuggling under blankets or enjoying a warm cuppa to keep the cold at bay. If you are up for it, you could cosy up your living space even more.
By using warm colours such as red, orange, and yellow hues an area can be updated to fit the chilly weather. Options are not limited to these three colours though; colours such as warm browns, burgundies, mustards, bronzes, and rich coppers could also be used beautifully to revitalise a living space in time for winter.
The experts at Jack’s Paint and Hardware recommend that these guidelines be followed to ensure that you are happy with the end result.
Keep in mind that haphazardly painting a small room in your home an intense shade of red, yellow, or orange can create an environment that is over stimulating and visually straining to the eye. These colours should rather be used in mid-tone to slightly deep colour ranges. It is also important that a careful analysis is performed of the room’s dimensions and the amount of light it receives.
If the room is small and lacks the illumination of both natural and artificial light, you should pass over these colours in your quest for cosiness. Using such intense colours in a small space with no lighting will only create a sense of claustrophobia.
It is also important to remember that, apart from conjuring a sense of warmth and creating an alluring atmosphere, warm and deep colours often create optical illusions that we may or may not be aware of. These colours are known to create a sense of advancement, which means that such colours can be intelligently used to disguise certain proportions within your living space that somewhat appear awkward. In a long and narrow room these proportions can be downplayed by applying a warm and dark advancing colour to either one or both ends of the walls.
For those who have large enough spaces to add an air of sophistication with colour, why not consider creating a focal wall in your environment? Warm and deep colours can be creatively used to give the room a sense of character and help you break away from the monotony of those stark neutrals that have dressed up your walls for long enough. Even a single wall, adorned in a rich and warm colour can add a touch of opulence to your home and help energise you this winter. Ensure that you always conduct a sample brush-out of the chosen colour on a small section of the wall before painting the entire surface.
If painting seems somewhat tedious this season, then why not add an accent of warm colours to your living spaces through soft furnishings and accessories in the rich warm colours? Every time you glimpse that yellow scatter cushion or red vase you are sure to remember a lovely summer’s sunset, uplifting your home as well as your state of mind.